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The ENLIGHTEN study has been going on for a couple of years now and is still inviting new participants.  It is a very practical clinical trial conducted by the successful team led by Dr. James Blumenthal in Behavioral Medicine.  The study examines the benefits for brain health by beginning an exercise program, getting on a healthy “heart smart”  diet, or by doing both, diet and exercise in people who have been relatively sedentary.  The goals of the study are to develop a better understanding the role that cardiovascular risk factors play in Alzheimer’s disease and then to use this information to design better and more personalized approaches for enhancing brain health.

To get involved or find out more information on this study, please contact Michelle McCart: email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 919-668-0820.



The ACTIVATE study is led by Dr. Miles Berger in Duke Anesthesiology, and is examining Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers and thinking/memory skills in older adults having surgery and non-surgical controls.  Many older patients experience thinking and memory problems after anesthesia and surgery. This study is designed to better understand what causes these postoperative thinking and memory problems, and whether they are associated with changes in Alzheimer’s disease pathways.  We hope this work will lead to improve postoperative recovery for the 19 million Americans over age 60 who undergo anesthesia and surgery each year.

To get involved or find out more information on this study, please contact Michelle McCart: email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 919-668-0820.




The TOMMorrow study is no longer recruiting

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